• TIMELINE: Remembering Yitzhak Shamir

    Yitzhak Shamir, the seventh Prime Minister of Israel, passed away June 30, 2012 at the age of 96. Below is a brief biographical timeline featuring relevant articles from JTA Jewish Daily Bulletin reports, pieced together from items mentioned in various obituaries: Oct. 22, 1915: Born Icchak Jaziernicki in Ruzinov, Poland. (alternate sp. Yezternitsky) 1935: Yezternitsky… More ▸

  • With Goldie Hawn as the mom, why don’t they just call the film ‘Sitting Shiva’?

    I have seen at least two stories touting the possibility that Goldie Hawn will join the cast of a proposed film that is set during a family shiva. [[READMORE]] Film and culture blog Cinema Blend reports that Hawn may also be joined by Jason Bateman,” High School Musical” star Zac Efron, and Leslie Mann to… More ▸

  • Henry Denker, prolific playwright, novelist, screenwriter, dies at 99

    Henry Denker, a lawyer turned novelist, playwright, and screenwriter, whose work ranged from Christian-themed biblical epics to medical novels, died May 15 at 99. [[READMORE]] Denker was a prolific writer who approached his craft in a businesslike fashion: ““Writing is a business and should be practiced as such,” he was quoted as saying by The… More ▸

  • Amos Vogel, influential film scholar, dies at 91

    Amos Vogel, who pioneered an appreciation for avant-garde and experimental film and who co-founded the influential New York Film Festival, died April 24 at 91. [[READMORE]] Philadelphia film writer Sam Adams said Vogel helped “give birth” to understanding that films could consciously set out to become art. “He didn’t just screen films,” Adams said. “He… More ▸

  • Notes on Maurice Sendak, Vidal Sassoon, death in the age of social media, and more

    What follows is a collections of links to articles and essays about celebrity deaths the Eulogizer missed recently (and for which I am full of regret) and the self-referential media echo-chamber that drives the cult of personality from which we all feed (for better or for worse): [[READMORE]] Vidal: A Jewish Soldier of the Hair… More ▸

  • Jenny Bluestein, St. Louis celebrity hair stylist, nurse, dies at 60

    Jenny Bluestein, a onetime nurse who became a prominent hair stylist and TV personality in St. Louis and who then opened her cancer battle to the public, died April 27 at 60 of a pulmonary embolism. [[READMORE]] “Our viewers loved her,” said Jennifer Blome, KSDK-TV news anchorwoman. “She took great pleasure in helping people be… More ▸

  • Mark Deitch, former Soviet dissident, dies in accident at 67

    Mark Deitch, 67, a former dissident who became a well-known journalist in Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union, died in Bali, Indonesia, in early May while saving a young girl from drowning. Accounts didn’t give the exact date. [[READMORE]] Deitch was a prominent anti-Soviet journalist before the fall of communism and worked for… More ▸

  • Maurice Sendak, children’s author, dies at 83

    Author and artist Maurice Sendak, writer of some of the darkest yet most beloved children’s books of the 20th century, died May 8 at 83. [[READMORE]] Sendak’s classics included 1963′s, "Where the Wild Things Are," whose yellow-toothed, grasping monsters were based on his relatives, "In the Night Kitchen," “Alligators All Around,” “Chicken Soup With Rice,”… More ▸